There are many ways to teach tolerance in the classroom. I see blog posts about it on a regular basis, and we all know that bullying has become a hot topic across America. However, today I’m here to tackle this subject from a different perspective.
Since I started teaching, I’ve realized just how brutally honest kids can be. Yes, oftentimes it’s really cute, and I know almost every teacher could write a book on the “darndest” things kids say. But how many of us could also write a book on the hurtful things students say? I know I am one of them!
I often wonder if there is a conversation at home after I tell a student what they said was inappropriate. I’ve never had a parent call me upset that I talked to their child after they made an inappropriate comment, but I’ve also never had a parent thank me for setting their child straight on what is and is not acceptable polite conversation.
I had a blogging buddy point out to me that the theory used to be that it took a village to raise a child. While I still believe that is true, it doesn’t happen nearly as much today as it did generations ago. People used to live close to immediate family and everyone helped raise the child. In today’s world, people often move away from home – so raising a child falls on the back of parents and teachers. (However, I realize some people are fortunate enough to be near family or they have close friends who act like family!)
So are today’s children missing important messages that used to be taught? Are today’s children simply more rude than past generations? Or are we as a technologically savvy society getting to the point where we are simply more blunt?
I honestly don’t know the answer. Heck – I’m not even sure I know the right question sometimes. However, I do know one thing – I will continue to use teachable moments in the classroom whenever the opportunity arises. I want the students I teach to be kind, caring members of tomorrow’s society.
Please share your thoughts below! Do you have a story to share? What teachable moments have you seized lately?